Patellar tendonitis treatment is available from the Board-certified surgeons and physicians at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, where we serve patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and all surrounding Florida areas. If you’ve experienced a knee tendon injury, tear, or rupture due to repetitive strain or trauma, we can evaluate your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment to help reduce your pain and enhance your mobility.
As explained by Dr. Daniel Murphy at Tampa Orthopaedic in Tampa, FL, patellar tendonitis, or “jumper’s knee,” most often develops as a result of excess pressure on the knee structure. Overuse injuries from sports and other activities that involve running, jumping, and repetitive knee flexion into extension (such as rising from a deep squat position) can lead to this condition. Additionally, several other factors are linked to the development of jumper’s knee, including:
- Wearing improper footwear
- Training on hard surfaces
- Advancing the level of activity too quickly
The most common symptoms of patellar tendonitis are pain and tenderness at the bottom, front portion of the kneecap, also known as the lower pole of the patella. An athlete might experience discomfort when contracting the quadriceps muscles, as well as aching and stiffness after exercising. While this type of injury can sometimes be easy to ignore, it can become chronic if left untreated and may eventually require surgery.
If you do not require patellar tendonitis surgery, we might prescribe one or more conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy, strength training, ultrasound therapy, regenerative medicine, cortisone injections, or other nonsurgical techniques designed to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and increase function.
Patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and all surrounding FL areas can contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center to schedule a consultation about patellar tendonitis or any other musculoskeletal condition. Our clinic is conveniently located at 602 South Howard Avenue in Tampa.